Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 12:00AM
Newcomer Justine Bryd picked up the Shamrocks' first goal against Northwood
December 16- The Shamrocks U19s head into the holiday break on a
high note, having handed the Northwood School a 2-1 loss at Ristuccia
Arena. The win was a come from behind effort, as the Shamrocks picked
up third period goals from newcomer Justine Byrd (El Paso, TX) and
Dakota Woodworth (Carlisle, MA). Defenseman Samantha Honeywell
(Brockton, MA) sparked the offense with two assists, while netminder
Madison Litchfield (Williston, VT) turned aside 25 Huskies shots to
secure the victory.
“We needed this win” said Shamrocks GM Bob Rotondo. “We’ve been
battling hard and just coming up short, so even with the short bench, we
were able to generate the kind of complete game we needed to win.”
The Shamrocks carried play in the first period, out shooting the
Huskies 11-4. Seven players landed shots on net, with Colleen Shouldice
(Rutland, VT) leading the attack with three shots. Despite the tilted
ice, the period ended scoreless.
The second stanza was a back and forth affair, with each team seeing
numerous offensive opportunities. Litchfield stopped 11 shots in the
period, while the Shamrocks tested the Northwood netminder 9 times,
though both teams came up empty.
The third period looked to be a repeat of the second, with back and
forth play. However, Northwood was able to break the stalemate by
jumping on a miscue at the Shamrocks defensive blueline and turning it
into a two on one. Litchfield made the initial save but a Huskies
forward converted the rebound for a 1-0 score.
The Shamrocks evened the score a few minutes later on the powerplay.
Picking up a dump in by Northwood, Honeywell quickly headmanned the
puck to Byrd at the blueline. Skating through the neutral zone along the
left wing, Byrd crossed into the Huskies zone and using the defenseman
as a screen snapped off a shot from the top of the circle that beat
the goalie shortside.
With just over five minutes left in the game, the Shamrocks took the
lead. Honeywell again started the play, blocking a shot in the
defensive zone and then chipping it off the boards to Frankie Giammona
(Garden City, NY) who skated it out of the zone. Making a move on the D
as she entered the Huskies zone, she briefly lost control of the puck,
then regained it and made a drop pass for Woodworth. Cutting to the
middle, Woodworth let fly from the high slot and tucked it under the
crossbar glove side.